Tooting Bizarre was a non-profit co-operative of gigging musicians in South London. We released much of our music for free, and you can get it all here!
Art Rock. Math Rock. Prog Rock. Post Rock. Electric. Acoustic. Folk. Experimental. Ambient. Hardcore. Softcore.
Tooting Bizarre was a non-profit co-operative of gigging musicians in South London. Tooting Bizarre promoted South London music, release free compilations of local artists, and shared knowledge and skills amongst their membership. The Tooting Bizarre forums, acted both as community and knowledge base, and provided forum space for a number of local bands.
A group of amateur musicians and skilled enthusiasts in various groups, bands and occupations, all with a common goal: getting the music out there.
We share gig contacts, venue information and hook similar bands up with each other. We have to date released two compilation CDs, recorded a “live sessions” album with seven of our bands, and organised and promoted over 70 gigs in the last eighteen months, including acoustic nights, full band shows and charity events.
We design and print our own posters, flyers and album covers. We maintain a myspace for up to date gig information, maintain a mailing list, and have a busy forum for the community. Our number includes graphic designers, live sound engineers, recording engineers, video editors, VJs and more.
We want you to listen to our music. For free. That's all. If you like what you hear, and you live in London, come to one of the many shows we put on, mostly for free.
Amateur musicians in London must spend hundreds of pounds a year on promoting their own music. All our members have found the idea of making money from their music, however hard they work, utterly unrealistic. Instead, we choose to pool our resources, and make the money we would have spent anyway go a little further. Our ultimate goal is the promotion of a “Tooting scene” that will create interest for all the bands involved, and encourage a listener interested in one to take a risk on some others.
Mike Hutchinson - crikeymiles [at] gmail [dot] com
Gareth Thomas - fagsandfailure [at] hotmail [dot] com